Prodigy f/ Big Twins - "In The Smash" (mp3)
It's kind of amazing how quickly Prodigy has turned around from being a subservient G-Unit foot soldier to being a pretty dependable solo artist who's dropped 3 albums in 2 years (I guess it's a foregone conclusion that by the time P's back out, Mobb Deep won't be on G-Unit, possibly because there won't be anymore G-Unit, right?). The latest, Product Of The 80s, probably wouldn't have come about, at least not just 6 months after the previous one, if not for the fact that he rush recorded yet another album just before beginning his prison sentence. And yet, it might be better than H.N.I.C. Pt. 2, even with lesser but not bad weed carriers like Un Pacino and Big Twins guesting on 4-5 songs each and appearing on the album cover, Iron Man-style. What really makes the album, though, is the production team Sid Roams coming into their own; after Alchemist handled all of the semi-classic Return Of The Mac, and only half of H.N.I.C. Pt. 2, it was hard to give the other guys their props. But now, Sid Roams handles most of Product (along with a couple of Jake One tracks), and their trebly, minimal sound is really growing on me.